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Virginia kicker Ian Frye played with knowledge father en route to hospital after heart attack

Some things are bigger than football, and some players play well during times those things arise anyway.

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Virginia head coach Mike London and kicker Ian Frye told the media Monday that Frye's father suffered a heart attack in the stands during the Cavaliers' 41-33 loss to BYU.

I have pieced the following information together using tweets from Virginia's official football account as if it were a press release, since it was given at a press conference.

Frye booted a short field goal at the gun to give Virginia a 16-13 halftime lead over BYU on Saturday. As he made his way to the locker room, he was told his father was experiencing chest pains. Frye found his father sitting outside the locker room with paramedics and checked with him often during halftime.

Frye said he knew it was another heart attack because of how his father was not talking and appeared overheated and in pain. His father told him to stay with the team.

During the second half, Frye was given an update that his dad was taken to the hospital. With this knowledge, Frye booted a 46-yard field goal (that's no gimme) to keep BYU from running away with the game, cutting the Hoos' deficit to one score at 27-19. "It was one of the hardest kicks of my life," Frye said.

Only three players knew of these events.

After the game, Frye went to the hospital where he learned his dad had two stints clogged up that were put in place "a couple years ago." He found his dad, surgery already completed, watching college football and "upset he missed my last kick."

Frye reported BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe came to the hospital to check on them and brought Frye food. "I am so appreciative," Frye said.

For those who know of Holmoe's similar behind-the-scenes exploits, this is of little surprise.

Of BYU's part in the situation, London said, "I am very thankful to Bronco Mendenhall and everyone at BYU who was so helpful during this situation."

Frye said, "The BYU staff was great, they kept us calm."

Frye's 4-for-4 performance made the game as competitive as it was, and he also booted the game-winner against Louisville the week before.

Vanquish The Foe extends our best wishes and prayers to Frye's father in a speedy recovery, and best wishes to Frye and the Virginia Cavaliers this season.